Pettisville students placed high in two science fairs within the last few weeks.
The most recent was the Ohio Academy of Sciences District Science Day, Saturday, March 5, at the University of Toledo.
Nine students competed at the district event. Freshmen Joshua Bock and Kayla Wyse, sophomores Gretchen Lee and Jordan Skates, junior Jacob Dennis, and Pettisville eighth graders Kelly Miller, Dalton Myers, Aaron Rupp, and Anneli Shaw received Superior ratings for their projects.
They advance to State Science Day, Saturday, May 14, at The Ohio State University.
Shaw received first place for the Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in Student Research-Agriculture and Food Technology.
Dennis received the Ohio Soybean Bioscience Award.
Aaron Rupp, an eighth grader, earned an Excellent rating and was named honorable mention for the Stranahan Arboretum Environmental Science Award.
Regional Science Fair
Eight students entered the Northwest Ohio Science & Engineering Fair, Saturday, Feb. 27, at Northwest State Community College.
Wyse, Bock, Skates, Lee, and Dennis all earned Superiors.
Skates won first place in high school animal science. Dennis won first in high school plant science.
Placing second were Wyse in high school environmental science and Lee in high school plant science.
Placing third were Bock in high school behavioral science and Rupp in junior high engineering materials science.
A. Rupp, Matthew Rupp, an eighth grader, and Myers received Excellent ratings.
In sponsored awards, Myers placed second in the Kern Computer Application award. Wyse placed third in the Bartos Family Award for Sustainability.
A. Rupp received the ASM International Material Science Award.
Skates and Wyse received the Kieffer Ecological Conservation Award; Skates also won the Environmental Pioneer Award.
Dennis earned the Kieffer Family Creativity Award.
M. Rupp and Bock were given the James Kieffer Scientific Method Award.
Lee won the Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Agriculture and Food Technology.
Dennis, Lee, and Skates were selected to participate in Superjudging at the regional science fair.
All three placed in the top six and received the Paul Oberhaus Superjudging award.
Dennis received the State University of New York-Terra Genius Olympiad nomination. The award qualifies him to compete in New York in June.
Skates received the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering & Environment Project nomination. She will present her project in Houston, Texas, at the end of April.
Lee was selected as an International Science & Engineering Fair observer. She will travel to Phoenix, Ariz., in May. – information provided by Donna Meller, PHS science teacher; written by David Pugh